As a resident of Cordova Bay, I am happy to see the Cordova Bay Plaza development finally going forward. It will be nice to have a decently sized grocery store and other amenities within walking distance so I don’t have to get in my car and create more traffic (Red Barn is great, but it certainly doesn’t offer sufficient selection so that one can do a ‘regular’ grocery shop there).
I have not talked to any neighbours who are opposed to the development as presented (most seem quite happy about it), so I am wondering how the ‘70 per cent opposed to’ figure that is often cited was derived. Was this an actual properly run pol of residents, or just a count of those who strongly object and therefore tend to have a larger presence at meetings, in social media, letters, etc..
Also, as far as traffic concerns go, in my commute to work, I notice that the bulk of the traffic along Cordova Bay Road is not local, but rather those who use the road as a route from the Saanich Peninsula to UVic, Gordon Head, etc., and vice versa. Therefore, I don’t think adding more housing to Cordova Bay is really going to have that much of an impact (that’s just my unscientific observation though, so I would be curious to see the results of a proper traffic count on that issue).